Newcastle Looking To Bring In Goalkeeper John Ruddy?

Sources in Scotland are reporting this morning that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was last night taking a look at Everton keeper John Ruddy, who is on loan at St. Mirren.

John Ruddy – star man last night

Chis Hughton is reported to have been at St Mirren Park last night for the St. Mirren home game with Motherwell.

The game ended in a 0-0 draw and that was Ruddy’s 15th clean sheet in 28 games for the St. Mirren club, and the Scottish Sun reports that Ruddy was the Man of the Match last night.

The 6’4″ goalkeeper is on loan from Everton, whom he joined in May 2005 for a fee of £250K from Cambridge United, and that fee rises based on appearances.

John has been on loan to nine clubs since moving to Everton in 2005, and has made over 130 first class appearances for a total of 11 different clubs.

The England U19 International has played only once for Everton.

Why would Chris be looking to bring in another goalkeeper with Harper, Krul and Forster already in competition for the first team?

So we wonder if this story has any truth in it, although it does seem that Chris was indeed at the game, which made news at  the St. Mirren club.

If it is true Chris is looking for a new goalkeeper, it has to mean that either Fraser Forster or Tim Krul will be let go in the summer.

That’s the only thing that would make sense.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • macn0ble (Finland)

    Mar 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I think this is load of rubbish, we’ve plenty of keepers.

  • TheHeyman

    Mar 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Newcastle summer sale! Everything must go! Bargains galore!

  • Mags

    Mar 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Was there only one player playing in this match? Could it not be that he was checking on someone else?

    I find the whole story unbelievable.

    As you point out Ed, we have plenty of exceptionally talented keepers, so why go looking at another one?

    Unless Lardarse is planning to sell Krul and Foster!!!!!!!

  • GeordieMeerkat

    Mar 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #4

    If we did bring in a keeper it should be as backup to Harper for the next couple of years, during which Krul and Forster could be sent out on 2-year loans and that would help them show exactly how good they are and who should succeed in getting the number one shirt.

    Other players CH might have looked at are Ross Forbes who is similar to O’Hara and Tom Hateley who could be a replacement for Nicky Butt. There’s also Mark Reynolds who is a very promising CB.

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Good take, GeordieMeerkat.
    But who knows, maybe CH is planning to have a roster composed of giant sized players? Are there any 7′ strikers out there? If we hear CH is scouting one of their games, we will have a good clue!

  • Ericles

    Mar 10, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #6

    Load of rubbish. He was most likely looking at somebody else and let this story go on to divert attention from his real mission.

  • toonloon

    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed, love your blog dearly but it’s the little things that drive us nuts….

    Ruddy is on loan from Everton to MOTHERWELL.

  • Newutd

    Mar 10, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #8

    What? nononono

    We do not need any more goalies. Krul is good enough to take over for Harper anyday, and Forster isn’t far behind either. Why waste money on players we absolutely do not need…

  • xfer

    Mar 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #9

    No need for keepers, period.

  • G

    Mar 10, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Perhaps he was looking at the keeper, perhaps not, but frankly, if we had a manager that didn’t prepare for contingencies, then frankly, I would be disappointed. After all, just because you bought the Asda shopping, doesn’t man you cant have a quick browse in Tesco does it?

  • lesh

    Mar 11, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11

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